For being a world-class blowhard who is quick to blast his wrath on anyone or anything, Donald Trump has surprisingly thin skin when it comes to being on the receiving end of criticism, and the gas bag certainly can't take a joke.
Trump displayed his aversion to ridicule when he announced several weeks ago that he would be skipping the White House Correspondents Dinner, a annual gala held in the nation's capital which draws more that two thousand journalists, celebrities, and politicians. The event, which started as a business meeting for journalists covering the White House back in 1921, has evolved into a formal affair in which the President is "roasted" by members of the press - and then takes the podium to "roast" back by doing a stand-up comedy routine of his own. There is often some self-deprecating humor involved. Any profits from the event go toward scholarships for journalism students.
But Donald John Trump is perhaps the least funny person in Washington, DC, and he cannot take a joke. He is a narcissist wallowing in delusions of grandeur. Not only will he not open himself up to ridicule, he is quick to make noises about lawsuits whenever he feels that he is being defamed. Trump has a particular dislike of mainstream reporters, and he has built a cult following around his oft-stated claims that any stories that do not fit his personal narrative of how the world should be are "fake news." And Trump would be extremely unlikely to ever knowingly do anything to help students go to school to become journalists.
So Donald Trump announced well in advance that he would be skipping the affair at which he would have been the center of attention. He opted instead to hold a campaign style rally in Pennsylvania and to issue cat-calls about the gala from there.
The meal and the fun proceeded without the august presence of Donald John Trump lording himself over the room, and probably more than a few attendees appreciated his decision to stay away.